Costa Rica Surf Report may 2011

By Greg Gordon


Caribbean Coast: It’s still too early in the Caribbean tropical cycle to expect any wind-driven waves, so you’d better be ready to try another sport besides surfing. There are a few SUPs to rent, or go check out some amazing visibility on the reefs near Gandoca-Manzanillo National Park. The best chance for surf will be from the June 16-18. Pacific Coast: School’s out for the summer, and that means family vacations and more crowded lineups at the better-known spots. But it also means south and southwest swells almost every week of the month. The hurricane season is also underway in the Pacific, so don’t be surprised by an occasional rainy morning and an afternoon or evening lightning storm.

New moon: June 1 Full moon: June 15


There is a complete list of surf camps at: Why choose a surf camp over just the standard hotel and SUV rental? First, you don’t have to drive, which means no need for gas money, insurance costs, or paying a “multa” for driving too fast. Second, while everyone else drives up to the easy access break, you could be taking a boat to a mysto point break or hidden beach only the guides and locals know about. Third, it makes it easy to meet other surfers from around the world. The local guides can give you excellent advice for places to tour and eat, and your new surf mates may turn into lifelong friends. A camp doesn’t mean a tent; it could mean oceanfront luxury villas with gourmet dinners or overnight boat trips to Ollie’s Point on a 48′ yacht.

It could mean a yoga retreat in a rainforest like the one organized by Bodhi Surf School in Uvita August 13-20. Check If you choose a “camp,” you know you will be taken care of, especially if we recommended them. Summer specials:
* Mention CRSURF at Pavones Riviera to get a 15% discount off each night’s stay.
* Bring up CRSURF for 20% off the rooms at Café Playa Negra.
* Blue Surf Sanctuary in Santa Teresa is offering $200 off their Billabong camp if you bring a friend.
* Cabinas La Ponderosa in Pavones has a deal where you stay six nights at get the seventh free.

Best flights: While pricing flights for some central Florida customers I found JetBlue specials from $323 roundtrip, non-stop from Orlando to San Jose. Taca has even cheaper flights for $251 RT, but the flight times are not good (15 hours either going or coming). Contact us to help plan your customized vacation: or by phone at 877-SURF-007 (877-787-3007).


The Costa Rican Juniors surf team just returned from the ISA Junior World Surfing Championship in Peru, earning 12th place in a 27-country field. The groms have a Volcom Monkeyfish Contest in Jaco on the 4th, then the national surf circuit’s finale in Playa Hermosa on the 10th. And if there are waves, the Puerto Viejo Open Pro takes place on the Caribbean coast with over $2000 in prizes on June 18. In July, the Luz de Vida Resort in Santa Teresa hosts the Quiksilver Classic on July 15-17. Last year, 1st Place Open earned $2500 and the Women’s champ earned $700. It’s open to both local and international competitors.


CR Surf Travel Company is a member of 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate one percent of our proceeds to environmental causes. It is part of our mission to help keep our oceans blue by supporting small hotels and camps that contribute to their community.

Here are a few ideas for what you can do as a traveling surfer: 1. Recycle your water bottles. Most every beach town has a recycling center, or you can just leave them in your car and the rental company will recycle them. 2. Be a positive role model. If you see some trash, pick it up. It’s no big deal, but everyone doing a little adds up to a lot 3. Volunteer for a non-profit. In Costa Rica, you can help collect turtle eggs, do beach cleanups, observe dolphins and whales, or plant trees in the rainforest. 4. Support the local economy by taking a tour. Go visit the National Parks, try snorkeling, rafting, or kayaking, and learn how the ocean’s ecosystems interact.

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